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Nicole Immler appointed as Professor of Historical Memory and Transformative Justice


5 juli 2021


Nicole Immler has been appointed professor of Historical Memory and Transformative Justice at the University of Humanistic Studies as of 1 July.


Historian Professor Nicole Immler examines the social dimensions of the recognition and repair of victims and/or survivors of structural violence, their families and wider communities. Her research also focuses on the potential of reparation processes to bring about so-called transformative justice. 


The new chair responds to the juridification of society, and aims to contribute to a more human-centred approach to social justice. The chair and the research team thus broaden the classical approach of transitional justice to historical injustice by including the social, economic and ecological dimensions of large-scale human rights violations.


Nicole Immler: "As a historian with a passion for interdisciplinarity, I am delighted with this opportunity to contribute through empirical and conceptual research to the mutual reinforcement of of recognition, repair and justice; and thus to be able to build the bridge between historical knowledge and social justice."


Nicole Immler has been working as a historian and cultural studies scholar at the University for Humanistic Studies since 2014. In her work she connects the disciplines of History, Memory Studies, Oral History and Transitional Justice. For example, in previous research on The afterlife of restitution (at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Utrecht University) and Narrated (In)Justice (as a Marie Curie scholar at the NIOD), she investigated how historical injustices such as the persecution of Jews in World War II and colonial violence continue to affect subsequent generations. 


In the project Dialogics of Justice (VICI-NWO 2020-2025), she and an interdisciplinary team will spend the next four years investigating how recognition and repair processes for various victim groups - from colonial violence/slavery, failed peacekeeping missions, sexual abuse and ecocide - work out in various ongoing civil lawsuits (against the government, defence, the Catholic Church, multinational Royal Dutch Shell).

Nicole Immler has been appointed professor of Historical Memory and Transformative Justice at the University of Humanistic Studies as of 1 July.